Countdown Top 10 Strata Updates from 2021

January 10, 2022

Avid Smart Strata readers will know we start each year re-capping the past year and counting down the Top 10 Strata Updates in 2021.

We now have in excess of 40,800 subscribers that are eager to receive our weekly newsletter updates.  They take a keen interest in the content provided, seek to engage with our contributors and regularly search our supplier portal.  Together we are building a stronger strata community.

Counting down our top 10 newsletters shows that some topics just keep resurfacing because they are real and consistent issues for Body Corporate Committees and the overall strata community.

Here is our countdown including links and a recap so that you can easily go back and see what was said.  Enjoy! 



Late AGM Declaratory Orders Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management

Strata Community Education Seminars – Registrations Open!

Distributed:  27th August 2021



Buying Out the Building Manager – Andrew Suttie, Nicholsons Solicitors

Are Buildings Getting Taller? – Francesco Andreone, GoStrata

Distributed:  26th November 2021



Communal Living – Christmas Survival Guide – Wayne Hewitt, Archers the Strata Professionals

Property Sales FOMO Paul Morris, Nicholson’s Solicitors

Distributed:  15th December 2021



Water Sub-Meters – Who’s Responsible? – Adam Ford, ARC Utilities Management

Balustrade Regulation Changes – Beth Pope, O’Brien

Distributed:  22nd October 2021



Car Park Storage Wars – Grant Mifsud, Archers the Strata Professionals

Airbnb – Residential Use Defined – Todd Garsden & John Mahoney, Mahoneys Lawyers and Advisors

Distributed:  3rd September 2021



Revisiting the Amendments – Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management

Get Storm Season Ready – Syna Hickmott, Marsh Advantage Insurance

Distributed:  7th December 2021



Running Better Meetings – Francesco Andreone, GoStrata

Seaside Preventative Maintenance Tips – Nicole Carbone, Higgins Coatings

Distributed:  17th September 2021



By-laws Restricting Short Term Letting – Mario Esera, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Commissioner Explains Maintenance Obligations – Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management

Distributed:  13th August 2021



Living with Smoke Drift – Wayne Hewitt, Archers the Strata Professionals

Stage 3 Cladding Update – Strata Community Association (QLD)

Distributed:  6th August 2021


Drumroll please…



Smoke Drift Disputes – Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management

COVID-19 Emergency Provisions Extended – Strata Community Association (QLD)

Distributed:  24th September 2021


So what conclusions can we draw from our Top 10 list of 2021?  

It would appear that even in 2021 when smoking rates are in decline in Australia, it obviously still causes significant angst in our strata communities with the top 2 most read newsletters both including articles on smoking disputes and living with smoke drift.

It would also appear that our sharing of information from the Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management is popular, humbling us that readers choose Smart Strata as their way to stay up to date with regulations and best practices.  It is our intent to make strata simple by cutting through the noise and bringing you the information that matters.  While we would always recommend that you familiarise yourself with the Commissioners website (Office of the Commissioner for Body Corporate and Community Management | Your rights, crime and the law | Queensland Government (, we will continue to review this site for relevant topics.

In comparison to 2020, COVID-19 certainly became less of a interesting topic with many articles written on the topic not making the Top 10 list.  With the changing COVID landscape in Queensland and the first real introduction of high case numbers since the beginning of the pandemic, we will be watching this space in 2022 as new tensions could arise within buildings experiencing COVID outbreaks, and the ever adapting regulations and restrictions being delivered from Queensland Government.  As a Committee it is important that you stay abreast of this topic and create your own policies for compliance.

Another key takeaway for us when analysing this list is that our Community Education Seminars remain popular.  50% of the Smart Strata Updates that made the list included information and a link to book at one of our seminars which are held throughout Queensland twice a year.  We bring these seminars face to face (where possible) on key topics faced by Body Corporate Committees and Owners.  Our dates and locations for May 2022 will be available shortly.

We sincerely hope you have enjoyed the content we provided throughout the year and look forward to keeping it relevant to you. If you have read this far, no doubt you have a keen interest in the topics we publish. Please let us know what you would like to hear more about in the comments below or by completing our current survey. Entries received by Friday 28th January 2022 go in the draw to win a Google Nest Hub 2nd Gen Smart Display.

Finally, and most importantly, a big thanks to all of our article contributors who dedicate their time and expertise, helping us stay relevant to your strata education needs.

Looking forward to working together with all stakeholders to make 2022 another informative and connected year in strata!



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